Avrum Abraham GLOGOWER/ Wien, Austria / Ghetto Theresienstadt, Czeck Republic

awrumSurname: GLOGOWER
Name: Avrum Abraham
Birth Date: January 23rd 1941
Birth Place: Wien, Austria
Father’s Name: Karl Lackenbacher born 1904
Mother’s Name: Lea Glogower born 1907
On January 23rd 1941 Avrum Abraham Glogower was born in the Rothschild Hospital in Wien. On his birth certificate only the name of his mother is mentioned, but he knows from his mother that his biological father was Karl Lackenbacher.
When Avrum was born, his half-sister was ten years old.
In 1943 Lea Glogower and her two children were deported from Wien to Ghetto Theresienstadt where they were interned till they were liberated by the Russians in 1945. Avrum and his sister were among the very few children who survived Ghetto Theresienstadt.
After the war they lived for some years in Wien till they emigrated to the States.
Based on the information supplied by Avrum Glogower and by doing some basic research on the internet, the following texts may help Avrum know more about his family. If you have any corrections or additional information, please send them to us.
Lea Glogower, Avrum’s mother, was born in Stanislawow, Poland (now Ivano Frankovsk, Ukraine), in 1907 to her parents Abraham and Ester Glogower. She had two younger brothers – Bernard Glogower (born 1909) and Simon Glogower (born 1911).
During World War One the Glogower family moved from Stanislawow to Wien and continued to live in Wien after that war was over, so Lea grew up in Wien.awrum1
Lea, Abraham, Bernard (to the right) and Simon Glogower (in the front) in Wien, in 1919, according to Avrum.
(It looks earlier. Lea looks like she is maximum 10 years old. Perhaps it was around 1916?)
When Lea was 19 years old her mother Ester died.
In 1931 Lea gave birth to a daughter and in 1941 to Avrum Abraham.
According to Ashkenazi tradition you name your child after a deceased relative, so Lea’s father Abraham Glogower must have died before 1941 when his grandchild Avrum Abraham was born. We have not found out what happened to Grandfather Abraham Glogower.
Lea managed to keep her two children alive during the war and during the two years they had to live in Ghetto Theresienstadt.
One can imagine that the years after the war was over, alone with two children in Austria, were not easy for her.
She emigrated to the States in 1951.

Abraham Glogower was born in Stanislawow, Poland (now Ivano Frankovsk, Ukraine), probably in 1880. His mother’s name was probably Zlate Glogower.
This is at least the lead we have from JRI-Poland http://www.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/
This information should be check-crossed with information from the Austrian authorities.
Abraham Glogower moved with his family from Stanislawow to Wien during World War One and stayed in Wien when the war was over.
He lost his wife Ester in 1926. His son Simon Glogower died of tuberculosis at the age of 18 in 1929. Both Ester and their son Simon are buried in the same grave in Wien.
It is not clear when Abraham Glogower died, but it must have been before 1941 when Alfred was born, because Lea named her newborn son after him – Avrum Abraham.

According to the information on the website http://friedhof.ikg-wien.at/search.asp?lang=en . Ester Glogower was 42 years old when she died on January 30th 1926. This means she was probably born in 1883. Her maiden name was Rosenreich. Were Josef and Rosa Rosenreich her parents? This couple is also buried in Wien.
Was Ester Rosenreich also originally from Stanislawow (now Ivano Frankovsk, Ukraine)? So far, it does not seem so.
Ester probably married her husband Abraham Glogower around 1905/1906 and gave birth to at least three children: Lea in 1907, Bernard ( around 1909?) and Simon (around 1911?) in Stanislawow, Poland (now Ivano Frankovsk, Ukraine). During World War One she moved with her family from Stanislawow to Wien.
Sadly Ester Glogower died in Wien in 1926 at the age of 42 and was buried in the Zentralfriedhof IV Tor, Part 12, Row 7, Grave 19.
A photo of her gravestone may possibly give the name of her father, and could therefore confirm if he was Josef Rosenreich.
Perhaps the death register of the cemetery and/or the Jewish community in Wien may give more information about her ( date of birth, place of birth, names of parents).

Avrum’s uncle Bernard Glogower, born 1909, survived the concentration camps and emigrated to the States after the war.
bernard_glogowerDuring the research, these three photos of Bernard Glogower, taken by the Gestapo in Wien, turned up on the website of DÖW Dokumentationsarchiv des Oesterrischen Widerstandes ( Documentation Archive for Austrian Resistance). This organization was founded in 1963 by ex-resistance fighters and anti-Fascist historians. DÖW became a foundation in 1983 and receives financial support from the Austrian Government, the City of Vienna and the Verein Dokumentationsarchiv. Their website can be found on http://gegendenantisemitismus.at/ and they also have an English version. We asked them kindly to publish the photos of Bernard Glogower on our website as part of Avrum Glogower’s profile. Thanks!

Searching the list of graves in Wien http://friedhof.ikg-wien.at/search.asp?lang=en we found two graves that may be connected to Avrum:
Rosa Rosenreich died at the age of 69 on June 25th 1935 and was buried at the Zentralfriedhof IV Tor on Group 22, Row 17 Grave 22. She was therefore born in 1866 or 1867 and would have, if she was Ester’s mother, have given birth to Ester at the age of 17. Possible?
Josef Rosenreich died at the age of 81 on March 21 1942 and was buried in the same grave as Rosa Rosenreich. Josef was probably born in 1861 and would have been around 23 years old when Ester was born.
It would be important to find out if Josef and Rosa were indeed the parents of Ester Glogower nee Rosenreich.
As already mentioned, Avrum heard from his mother that his grandmother Ester Rosenreich (maiden name unknown so far) originally came from the Carpathian Mountains in Romania and that this family was Sephardic, coming from Izmir in Turkey. Will it be possible to conform this?

If the information connecting Avrum’s grandfather Abraham Glogower to a birth register in Stanislawow of Abraham Glogower, born 1880, son of Zlate Glogower is right, then the additional information in those registers on JRI-Poland may give clues to additional Glogower relatives. Interestingly enough, the father’s name is not listed in these registers from Stanislawow.
Zlate had several children who died (Schmiel Moses 1878 – 1878; stillborn baby 1883; Mendel 1893 – 1893), but also a son named Aron Gerszon Glogower born in 1890. It is my guess that this is the same Aron Gerszon Glogower who later lived in Wien, and who was married to Rachel Glogower born 1898. Both Aron Gerszon and Rachel Glogower became victims of Holocaust. Zlate Glogower in Stanislawow also had at least two other children who probably survived childhood: Rifke Glogower born 1884 and Itzig Sucher Glogower born 1888.

According to the information listed on JRI-Poland, it seems likely that Aron Gerson Glogower (born 1890) was a younger brother of Abraham Glogower and that he too had settled in Wien. He was probably married to Rachel, born 1898. Did the couple have any children? We don’t know, so far.
According to information listed both on Letter to the Stars Project and on the Yad Vashem website, Aron Gerson and Rachel Glogower lived in Wien 20, Bäuerlegasse 20/30 before they were deported from Wien on May 27th 1942 to their death in Maly Trostinec on June 1st 1942.

According to what Avrum was told, Karl Lackenbacher (born Dec 18th 1904) was his biological father, but his parents were not married. Karl Lackenbacher’s parents were Josef Lackenbacher and Regina Lackenbacher nee Goldberg.
He was told that his father managed to escape Austria in October 1940 ( around three months before Avrum was born) in the direction of Yugoslavia, but was later interned in Ferramonti Camp in Italy . He was supposedly liberated from this camp but it is not known what happened to him after that.
Did he marry and have children? Where did he settle? Avrum does not know.

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